Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Has Been Released

On Thursday, Raring Ringtail (Ubuntu 13.04) was released.  For the first time, it carries a note that those who use UEFI should download the 64-bit version.  (I couldn’t, because Steam for windows games use things like .NET Framework 4.0 that will not work on a 64 bit system.)

To upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 on a desktop system, first open Software Sources and make sure you are set to download the next version, not just the next LTS.  Then type Alt + F2 and enter “update manager” (without the quotes) into the command box.  Update Manager will tell you that “New distribution release ‘13.04’  is available.”   Then, click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

Users of other Ubuntu versions first need to upgrade to 12.10, then to 13.04.

The Ubuntu Downloader for Windows (WUBI) is not included in 13.04.  This was due to various bugs that were not fixed in time for the final release. Users who wish to try out Ubuntu without repartitioning a Windows system are encouraged to use a live system instead.

Ubuntu 13.04 will only be supported for 9 months.  Previous non-LTS releases were supported for 18 months.
13.04 images can be downloaded from a location near you. You can download 13.04 ISOs from:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/13.04/ (Ubuntu Desktop and Server)
http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu Cloud Server)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/13.04/ (Ubuntu Netboot)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-core/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu Core)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Lubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/13.04/release/ (Ubuntu-GNOME)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/13.04/release/ UbuntuKylin)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/13.04/release/ (Xubuntu)

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6 Responses to “Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Has Been Released”


  1. 1 reformedmusings April 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    I upgraded my 64-bit setup last night. Didn’t take long; no significant issues. Very nicely done by the Ubuntu team.

  2. 2 ubuntulady April 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I haven’t noticed any problems, either. I upgraded early to avoid Release Day. 🙂

  3. 3 reformedmusings April 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    I didn’t have any slowdowns on a mirror server that evening, but I typically wait a few days to avoid that as well. I’m not brave enough to lead-turn the release day like you. 🙂

    I’m still playing around the edges of 13.04. I will post later this weekend, but I elected to give up the cube to get the workspace icon on the launcher to display the correct workspace. That’s one example. Nothing major.

    • 4 ubuntulady April 28, 2013 at 7:49 am

      I have the advantage that I’m retired. One reason my computer is a production machine is that I test betas (I hope they go back to alphas but I am not holding my breath).

  4. 5 Dillon Boardman April 28, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I did a fresh install of 13.04 for my system. It was a shame that I couldn’t burn it to a standard cd, but I did notice that installation was a lot faster from a USB flash drive (this of course being that flash storage beats optical anyday). Just curious, how are you liking it so far? I’ve noticed that it is a lot snappier than the previous version.

    • 6 ubuntulady April 28, 2013 at 7:43 am

      It does seem to boot faster and otherwise be snappier. My only complaint with it is that they took away my whitelists.


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